Mescalero Melee

TWM_web_mascelero-melee-shot-out-of-the-saddle_masterOn August 5, 1878, Billy the Kid and the Regulators, riding 19 strong, come down through the canyon leading to the Mescalero Apache Agency in Southeastern New Mexico. The gang splits with Billy and his boys heading for a spring on the south side of the canyon. The rest of the group, all Hispanos, stay on the main road and run into an Apache hunting party. Firing breaks out on both sides and when Agent Morris Bernstein hears the shooting he and several others from the agency ride out to investigate. Bernstein is shot out of the saddle. The Regulators escape but Billy the Kid gets the blame.

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Bob Boze Bell

In 1999, Bob Boze Bell and partners bought True West magazine (published since 1953) and moved the editorial offices to Cave Creek, Arizona. Bell has published and illustrated books on Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, as well as Classic Gunfights, an Old West gunfight book series. His latest books are The 66 Kid and True West Moments.